TOKYO, Feb 25 The Nikkei average advanced to a
four-week closing high on Tuesday after a rally in Wall Street
shares to historic highs triggered short-covering in battered
The Nikkei rose 1.4 percent to 15,051.60, its
highest close since Jan. 29. It has recovered more than 40
percent of its losses since it fell from a six-year peak hit in
Shares of Softbank Corp climbed to their highest in
a month on a report that the company is seeking to buy a stake
in Line Corp, a mobile-messaging service controlled by South
Korea's Naver Corp.
The broader Topix index rose 1.2 percent to
The JPX-Nikkei Index 400, an index launched this
year comprising firms with high return on equity and strong
corporate governance, rose 1.2 percent to 11,159.39.